Digital Scales: Explained.

Terminology used to describe digital scales and their functionality


Weighing Modes:

(g) – Grams – a metric system unit of mass

(gn) – Grains – unit of measurement to measure mass much smaller than a gram. Name coined in the Renaissance era as a legal term to describe the weight of barley and wheat.

(ct) – Carat – Diamonds and other gem stones are weighed in carats. This metric unit of measurement is equivalent to 0.2g

(oz) – Ounce – an imperial system unit of weight measurement (volume) which is equivalent to slightly less in Britain (28.3g) than in the US (29.6g). Often used to weigh produce and bulk , dry goods.

(ozt) – Troy Ounce – less common imperial unit of mass, equivalent to 31.1g. Used mainly to measure the weight of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, etc.

(dwt) – Pennyweight – very precise measurement usually used to describe weight of jewelry. Equal to 24 grains or 1.56g.



Refers to not only the total weight threshold /ability of the scale but also the capability of the device to break down the measurement by so many decimal points. The more decimal points displayed, the more precise the reading.


Single Digit – weight display reads one decimal point (0.1)



Double Digit – weight display shows measurement to two decimal points (0.01)



Triple Digit – weight display reads measurement to three decimal points (0.001)




  • size/type of display (i.e. LCD)
  • numerical indicators (# of digits displayed)
  • units of measurement
  • user-friendly function buttons


Calibration: the mechanism used to determine, check or resolve imbalances in gradual increments of measurement in instruments giving quantitative reading. (used to ensure the reading provided is accurate)


Durability: the scales resilience to withstand the elements (i.e. water resistant), regular wear and tear, continuous use. Often attributed to the quality of raw materials used to produce the device. (i.e. stainless steel, etc.)


Whether it be the readability, weighing modes or capacity, having a clear understanding of the scales’ abilities/ functions is important for optimizing use  and/or sales. If you found this post useful please let us know by commenting below or giving it a share on social media!



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